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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1719

James Elliot Cabot letters from various correspondents


Letters to the American biographer James Elliot Cabot.


  • Creation: 1843-1902

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Includes letters to Stephen Cabot and his military records as an officer during the Civil War. Letters to James Cabot concern his work an relationship with Emerson, as well as personal letters from Louis Agassiz, Fanny Kimble, and others.

Biographical / Historical

James Elliot Cabot was a long-time friend and biographer of Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Arranged alphabetically by author

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

62M-342. Gift of The estate of James Elliot Cabot; received: 1942 May.

Cabot, James Elliot, 1821-1903, recipient. James Elliot Cabot letters from various correspondents, 1843-1902: Guide.
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